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ASBTDC to Hold Forge IDEA Festival of Northeast Arkansas


JONESBORO — The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at Arkansas State University is hosting the Forge IDEA Festival of Northeast Arkansas, Saturday, June 13, at the Delta Center for Economic Development, 319 University Loop Circle. IDEA stands for Innovators, Developers, Entrepreneurs and Artists.
The mission of the Forge IDEA Festival is to create a stimulating and invigorating environment for creative, innovative individuals in technology, business, the arts, sciences, agriculture and philanthropy who will share ideas, raise questions and inspire thoughts that lead to action.
Previously known as Barcamp Jonesboro, IDEA is a time each year that participants gather in a single place to teach, speak, lead, hold question and answer sessions and interact with each other to take a step back from day-to-day routines to delve into an atmosphere of ideas, thought and discussion.
Featured speakers include Kristen Jeffers, BikeWalkKC, North Carolina Placemaker & “A Black Urbanist,” Jeff Amerine of Startup Junkie Consulting, John Auker of Delta Cuisine Commercial Kitchen and Business Incubator and Steve Schrantz of Schrantz Law Firm.
Panelists are assistant professor of physics Dr. Ross Carroll of Arkansas State; Dr. Brian Rogers, catalyst innovation accelerator of Arkansas State; assistant professor of agricultural systems technology Dr. Peter Ako Larbi of Arkansas State; Louis Foreman of Edison Nation; and Robert Bahn, business consultant with the ASBTDC.
Pre-registration is required for this event. To register, call (870) 972-3517, or visit the training calendar at asbtdc.org to register online. For additional information regarding the festival, go to http://forgearkansas.com/festival/.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. Contact Kelli Listenbee, A-State SBTDC Training Specialist and Business Consultant at (870) 972-3517.
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas State University is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business and Arkansas State University College of Business. 
The ASBTDC assists start-ups, existing businesses and technology businesses. Core services include free consulting and market research plus low to no cost training. Learn more at astatesbtdc.org.
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